Manhattan, Upper West Side Suffer Widespread Blackouts

Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service

Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan". This also just happened to be the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 blackout in NY that lasted 25 hours. The photo was taken from Jersey City, New Jersey.

Power went out at Rockefeller Centre, reaching the Upper West Side.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised travellers to avoid sub-surface trains, after some passengers were stranded below ground for over an hour. De Blasio did not indicate where the fire occurred or if anyone was injured.

Posts to social media showed landmarks in the city without power, including Rockefeller Center, the Empire State building and parts of Times Square.

The Fire Department said it was responding to a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

"We expect this to be a very short-term situation" NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN. "Our crews are working as quickly and safely as they can to restore service".

Power was not restored until the next day.

Saturday also marked the second night of Manhattanhenge, an event where the rising and setting sun aligns perfectly with the city's street grid.

A blackout affects buildings in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S, July 13, 2019.

Shortly before 8 p.m local time., an update said that local trains were running on the 1/2/3 lines.

Many Broadway musicals and plays canceled their Saturday evening shows, including "Hadestown", which last month won the Tony Award for best musical.

The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power, triggering widespread looting and arson.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said preliminary information indicated that a substation fire triggered three other substations "to either go offline or to have a difficulty".